CAP 104 - Computers and Society

Course Description


This course is an examination of the social, political, ethical, global and economic implications of living in a computer dominated world. Assessing the impact of technology and developing an understanding of the computer's future role is emphasized. Topics covered include electronic monitoring, computer crime, cyber warfare, social media, information ethics, Internet censorship, computers and the law, privacy, teaching with technology, cloud computing, biometrics, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Required Materials


A text book is not required for CAP 104. The required reading materials are located on this wiki. The materials are enhanced with scholarly articles and videos from the SUNY Cortland Library Databases. The wiki is used in conjunction with the Blackboard e-learning system.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss and cite examples of the way computers have changed the way people work, live and communicate
  • Communicate how computers have changed the American workplace
  • Define computer crime and provide examples
  • Discuss and provide examples of how computer technology can encroach on an individual’s privacy and identify legislation that has been or has been proposed to prevent such encroachment
  • Explain what is meant by computer ethics
  • Discuss and cite examples of how computers have changed the global economy
  • Discuss how computers have affected community life locally and globally
  • Discuss how future technological advances will impact professional and personal lives

Acceptable Use Policy


This wiki is designed and edited by participants in CAP 104. The views and opinions expressed on this wiki are strictly those of the page authors. Page authors include the instructor, Janet Ochs, and the students in CAP 104. The wiki contents are not reviewed or approved by SUNY Cortland.

Please note: Since wikis are public and open for editing by all, the contents of this wiki may be altered by individuals without the instructor's consent or knowledge. The instructor does not support wiki posts containing material in violation of the SUNY Cortland Technology Resource or Social Media Policy. All authors must adhere to the SUNY Cortland policies or have the contents of their posts removed. Authors posting to this wiki must not violate any laws and/or use any of the following:

Copyrighted or proprietary materials
Inappropriate language or pictures
Harassing or discriminating comments
Defaming, obscene or libelous comments about any person or organization
Unprofessional or rude comments
Personal opinions about SUNY Cortland, Faculty, Staff or Students